The March of the Kitty!

If you know me, you know of my love of all things Kitty. Hello Kitty. I was given my very first Hello Kitty by my Great Grandmother K who was quite possibly the best person to ever walk the face of this Earth. I think about her often and her kind, gentle way, completely lacking in malice and underhandedness. She was truly someone we should all strive to be more like. I think of her every time I see a Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty Cupcakes are creations of Mily’s Cupcakes.


Ok.. Ok…

I know… it’s been a while. But will you forgive me if I give you two things? Maybe? YAY!

Ok, Thing One is—– The Most Disgusting Thing I’ve Ever Seen (aka Do People REALLY Eat This?!)

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Brownies come in a box… right?

Around mid to late December my wife began perusing the King Arthur Flour website pretty heavily on our LN40B630 using the PS3 web browser.  I swear to you that over a period of about a month she viewed every page on that site.  Pages upon pages of kitchen gadgets, ingredients, decorations, baking cups, silicone sheets, comments and, of course, recipes.  I don’t know if it was the recipes that sounded just too good to skip out on, the gadgets that just looked so very useful, all the cute decorative baking embellishments or a combination of everything on the site but something clicked- the Mrs. picked up baking again after an extended hiatus.  

She had baked a ton before (mostly cakes and a good portion of it for profit) but she had taken a loooooooooong break.  Making cakes became too much like work and too little like fun and so she decided that she needed to stop before something she loved became something that she loathed.  However, after a few weeks on the inspirational KAF website, the fire was BACK baby!  This resulted in many, many delicious breads including the best honey oat bread on the planet that is even made with local honey!  Obviously the sky was the limit at this point so when we heard that KAF was having an instruction class in January in a town only about four hours away it was clear that we had to attend.  She would learn some baking tips and recipes (such as sweet breads) and I would get to eat them.  This was certainly a win, win… win situation we had on our hands here!  We scheduled the day off at work well in advance and awaited the day with bated breath.  

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Mr. Itazura and I have gotten back into bento lately and have been needing/ wanting some new supplies. We’ve made several purchases of things on Ebay, but we are always looking for ways to support our community by shopping local. After some whining and complaining (mostly to myself) that I’m sure there’s no shops around here that sell bento supplies like baran (divider sheets) and food punches, I got on the stick and hit up my best friend. Google. Continue reading

Mustard Rye

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Mr. and I were in Lexington visiting my in-laws. While we were there, we went to a fantastic deli called Giacomo’s which serves food such as one would expect in a New York deli. They go through the effort to ship in quite a few products from NY- cheesecake, pastrami, rye, sour pickles, bagels- all from familiar names like Carnegie Deli and H&H (everything you have heard about H&H is true, by the way… they are the bagel holy grail.) I LOVE a good pastrami on rye, there’s something so simple yet so fantastic about it- I could not pass it up! I have to say, I was not disappointed and since then have mulled over trying my hand at rye but I’ve been a bit intimidated. I have heard horror stories… heavy, dry, crumbly, failure to rise, experienced yeast bakers only (Did I mention I baked my first loaf of yeast bread less than two months ago? No? Well, now you know my dirty secret- I’m a yeast noob.) This was going to go badly, I just knew it.  Fortunately, nothing was farther from the truth. Continue reading

Hello and welcome!

The first post is always the most difficult, awkward thing about blogging in my opinion. There’s just something strange and a little intimidating about starting things off and saying hello to the world. Continue reading